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Two faces, a man and a woman look from behind a set of straws.
Courtesy of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.

The Upright Citizens' Brigade Theatre

Pushing the boundaries of improvisation.

Headshot of Wendy Oxenhorn
Photo by Francesco Pini

2016 NEA Jazz Master and Executive Director of the Jazz Foundation of America

Keeping the music alive and the musicians playing.

Rashod Ollison
Photo by Hyunsoo Leo Kim

Cultural Critic and Memoirist

In his memoir Soul Serenade, Ollison describes how music was a lifeline during a difficult upbringing.

Julie Otsuka
Photo by Robert Bessoir

Big Read author

Julie Otsuka’s first novel When the Emperor Was Divine explores her family’s history in the Japanese-American internment camps during World War II.

Jeff Orlowski
Jeff Orlowski. Photo courtesy of Chasing Ice

Filmmaker, Director of Chasing Ice

Jeff Orlowski goes to the Arctic to film James Balog’s documentation of the rapidly disappearing glaciers. We hear all about it. [30:20]

Close-up of fiddler

Music Festival

The 78th Old Fiddlers' Convention in Galax, Virginia. Where music happens on and off the stage. [32:13]

Laurie Olin
Photo © Sahar Coston-Hardy

Landscape Architect and 2012 National Medal of Arts Recipient

Laurie Olin on the work of landscape architecture—balancing nature and cultivation. [32:45]

Jimmy Owens
Photo © 2011 Stephanie Myers. All rights reserved.

2012 NEA Jazz Master

Trumpeter and flugelhorn player, composer, arranger, educator, and advocate Jimmy Owens talks about his life in jazz. [34:24]

Tim O'Brien
Photo courtesy of Tim O'Brien

Big Read author, National Book Award winner

Tim O'Brien, who served in Vietnam, talks about his novel (and Big Read selection) The Things They Carried  and how fiction can often tell a deeper truth about war.  [29:34]